NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, May 29th, 2020 from 10 am – 1 pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom video conferencing, same as our previous Full Council Meeting in March. The meeting is open to the public, but due to security concerns using online video conferencing, we request that any members of the public who would like to participate and join our meeting contact us ahead of time for the meeting invite.

Our contact us page can be found here: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

Please let us know in the message if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting.

We look forward to having you join us. Thank you!

Our webpage with important links for COVID-19 resources is now available.

You can find it under our resources tab or at this link here: COVID-19 Resources


If you know of other resources we should have linked to our page, feel free to reach out to us via our email contact page at: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

We have been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the world, and on our meetings and events  

With the health of our peers and colleagues foremost in mind, we have decided to postpone the 2020 NYSILC Hall of Fame originally scheduled for on May 28, 2020 at the Albany Marriott.  The new date will be announced in the coming weeks, and we will move forward at that time with honoring our inductees in style.  


The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) has been learning about the coronavirus and taking protective measures.  Here is the council’s response to COVID-19 to date:

  1. NYSILC staff learned about the symptoms and precautions related to the novel virus from links shared by CDC, state health, and Albany county website communications. These links are provided at the bottom of this message.
  1. NYSILC then developed an information and operational plan based in part on this information to address workplace and council practices:
  • Staff are aware of the symptoms, precautions, and what is required as employees.
  • The office ordered and secured sufficient supplies for hand washing and sanitizing the office.  A schedule is set up to sanitize our office space every 72 hours, focusing on the areas that are frequently touched.  The office building (111 Washington Avenue) sends updates about their coronavirus efforts.
  • Staff have the ability to connect to their desktops remotely and will be transitioning to work-at-home in the coming week. They will be able to receive emails and retrieve voice mails.
  • NYSILC has canceled the face-to-face Full Council meeting scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Albany Marriott, to be replaced by a shortened business meeting the same day from 10 am to 1 pm via video conference, focusing mainly on the draft SPIL for 2021-2023. Details to follow. NYSILC acquired Zoom as a video conferencing platform.
  1. Regarding upcoming NYSILC meetings and events, the Executive Committee has decided to monitor our future activities on a periodic basis, based on updates about the novel virus. Look for additional communications for clarification.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about our plans related to the coronavirus. We will be issuing information about our upcoming video conference council meeting, and will post other necessary items or rescheduling, via our website, Constant Contact, and social media.  

Please be safe as we work together as a community to address this pandemic.

Brad Williams


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Please consider this a personal invitation to become a member of the Hall of Fame Honorary Committee and a team member dedicated to recognizing the lifelong contributions of New Yorkers with disabilities.

This is the 3rd year that laureates will be inducted after being nominated by their peers, employers, and/or colleagues, vetted by the Disability Rights Hall of Fame Committee of the New York State Independent Living Council.   On May 28, 2020 at the Wolf Road Albany Marriott, this year's inductees will be publicly recognized and thanked for their achievements, striving toward the full inclusion of people with disabilities to have the freedom to live in their neighborhoods, work in our communities, and engage equally in society.

Our brothers and sisters will be acknowledged for their work in:

  • The advancement of positive images of people with disabilities and/or the improvement of quality of life for people with disabilities;
  • The development and advancement of new programs and services that facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities;
  • The creation of legislations/regulations that positively impact the lives of people with disabilities; and/or
  • The elimination of legislation/regulations that adversely impact people with disabilities.

Your $200 honorary committee donation is also your ticket to our induction event, which includes cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, a wonderful three course dinner, and a remarkable evening in celebration of achievement.

Click here to become an honorary committee member.  Thank you!

Please join us in congratulating our third class of inductees!

Robert Gumson

Edith Prentiss

Susan Scheer

Melvyn Tanzman

James Weisman

The NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made lifelong achievements which positively impact people with disabilities in society.

Areas of lifelong achievement include: improving public policy and programs/services, advancing new knowledge and/or concepts, eliminating barriers, and promoting a positive image for people with disabilities.

Buy your ticket today or become an Honorary Committee Member, which comes with one free ticket. This year's honorary committee members are making a meaningful investment in developing youth leadership programs for people with disabilities.

Support our event by sponsoring or advertising in the program, or by donating an item or gift certificate for our raffle and silent auction. We expect more than 175 attendees, nearly all of whom have disabilities or work in the disability sector.

Subscribe to the NYSILC newsletter to be up to date on the latest news related to the Hall of Fame.

Proceeds from these events help to sustain the awards ceremony and dinner in the future, and will also support Pat Figueroa Jr. Young Adult Scholarships.

If you have questions, please contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-427-1060.